I have read several books, written by local authors, stating that St David Lewis was the last Catholic martyr in Britain. This has also been said in an otherwise excellent video available on youtube. I don't wish to engender any controversy but I feel I should point out that this is incorrect.
Fr David Lewis S J (alias Charles Baker) was executed at Usk on 27th August 1679. He, along with 39 others, was canonised in 1970 by Pope Paul VI as one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales. ST DAVID LEWIS was the LAST WELSH MARTYR.
|St David Lewis, the Last Welsh Martyr|
On 1st July 1681 Oliver Plunkett, the Archbishop of Armagh, was hanged, drawn and quartered at Tyburn, London. He was beatified in 1920 and canonised in 1975 by Pope Paul VI. ST OLIVER PLUNKETT was the LAST CATHOLIC MARTYR in this country.
|St Oliver Plunkett, the last Catholic martyr |
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